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Few vets getting care through $10 billion VA program

Posted 4/24/2015 in National

A new program that was supposed to get patients off waiting lists at Veterans Affairs medical centers by letting them switch to private-sector doctors is proving to be an even bigger disappointment than initially thought.

 

 

Unusual ice cream recalls raise questions about cause

Posted 4/24/2015 in National

Major recalls from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants -- and whether the discoveries are related.

 

New DNA codes for mammoths: Step toward bringing them back?

Posted 4/24/2015 in National

Scientists are getting their best look yet at the DNA code for the woolly mammoth, thanks to work that could be a step toward bringing back the extinct beast.

 

Lawyer says fatally injured arrestee lacked seat belt

Posted 4/24/2015 in National

No video captured what happened to Freddie Gray inside the police van where officers heaved him into a metal compartment after pinning him to a sidewalk. The cause of his fatal spine injury has not been revealed.

 

 

Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of 'deadly mistakes'

Posted 4/24/2015 in National

Two years ago, President Barack Obama stood before a military audience and spoke of the "heartbreaking tragedy" of accidental civilian deaths caused by U.S. military strikes in the fight against terrorism in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 

Food Babe blogger Vani Hari taking heat over health science

Posted 4/24/2015 in National

As truth wars go, Vani Hari of the Food Babe blog has produced a doozy.

 

Editorial cartoon for 4-23-15

Posted 4/23/2015 in National

 

 

CDC using new technology to track listeria illnesses

Posted 4/23/2015 in National

The government is relying on some new technology -- as well as a bit of luck -- to track an outbreak of life-threatening listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products.

 

 

Volunteer deputy heading to Bahamas amid manslaughter charge

Posted 4/22/2015 in National

A volunteer sheriff's deputy plans to vacation in the Bahamas while facing a second-degree manslaughter charge in Oklahoma, his attorneys told a judge Tuesday, drawing immediate criticism from the family of the man he killed.

 

 

Jurors see defiant Tsarnaev in photo as feds argue for death

Posted 4/22/2015 in National

As jurors looked at a photograph of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving the finger to a security camera in his jail cell, a federal prosecutor described it as a defiant act by an unrepentant man who didn't care that he had killed four people, including an 8-year-old boy and a police officer.

 

 

Anti-human trafficking bill expected to pass Senate

Posted 4/22/2015 in National

Bipartisan legislation aimed at helping the victims of sex trafficking is set to pass the Senate after lawmakers ended a partisan dispute over abortion that has sidetracked the bill for weeks.

 

 

Blue Bell says it's still trying to pinpoint listeria cause

Posted 4/22/2015 in National

A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases.

 

 

Task force: Mammograms in 40s a choice, but don't skip at 50

Posted 4/21/2015 in National

Women should get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50 -- and while routine screening brings little benefit in the 40s, beginning it that early should be a personal choice, a government task force said Monday.

 

Lawyer: No answer on why man who died in custody was stopped

Posted 4/21/2015 in National

The lawyer for the family of Freddie Gray, a black man who died of spinal injuries he sustained during an arrest in Baltimore, said he believes the police had no reason to stop the man in the first place.

5 years after BP spill, drillers push into riskier depths

Posted 4/20/2015 in National

Five years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill, the industry is working on drilling even further into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap massive deposits once thought unreachable.

 

Waivers may give next president way out of health care feuds

Posted 4/20/2015 in National

Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress.

 

Empty chairs honor 168 victims of Oklahoma City bombing

Posted 4/20/2015 in National

Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001.

 

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